The newly published study linking the use of e-cigarettes to clinical depression raises questions about the role of these devices in mental health. The researchers behind the study found that heavy use of e-cigarettes was associated with more severe depression, but there are still many questions. Although depressed people are more likely to be foggy, fog can also have a negative impact on their emotions.
E-cigarettes contain liquid solutions characterized by different strengths of nicotine and flavors. These devices are often used as substitutes for tobacco cigarettes. In a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), researchers found that e-cigarettes were associated with depression.
The researchers collected data from 892,394 participants under the Behavioral Risk Factor Monitoring System; Most users are between the ages of 18 and 69, and young single men are more likely to use e-cigarettes than others.
The researchers found that current e-cigarette users were 2.1 times more likely to report a history of clinical depression than those who had never smoked. Similarly, former e-cigarette users were 1.6 times more likely to report the same mood disorder. Participants who reported the highest frequency of e-cigarette use were also more likely to experience depression.
Ultimately, the study concluded that there was a “significant cross-sectional link” between depression and e-cigarettes, but more research is needed to determine whether people with depression are more likely to use e-cigarettes or e-cigarettes to increase their risk of depression. It is also possible that both are right, leaving users in a vicious circle.